Mayor Wharton recognizes vitality of small business sector
On Wednesday, March 10th at the Westin Hotel, some 250 local business leaders, public officials, and entrepreneurs gathered for a Small Business Appreciation Dinner co-hosted by Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. in conjunction with the U. S. Conference of Mayors and Partner America™.
For his historic support of small businesses as county mayor and his vision and steps to implement broad changes which expand opportunities for small businesses with the city, Mayor Wharton was presented with the Small Business Advocate Award. Nationally recognized small business expert, George Cloutier served as keynote speaker for this event and his address included tips for business owners inclusive of ways to improve operations and the bottom line in a struggling economy.
On March 12th, Mayor Wharton was joined by join Small Business Association Tennessee District Director Walter Perry and Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford in the announcement of Memphis’ selection as a part of the U. S. Small Business Association (SBA) Emerging 200 initiative. The initiative is part of the agency’s efforts to increase outreach to entrepreneurs in communities that are challenged by high levels of unemployment and poverty. This will be Memphis’ third consecutive year as an Emerging 200 city.
Partners to the initiative will identify 15 inner city businesses that show a high potential for growth, then provide those businesses the professional network, resources and motivation to build and grow sustainable businesses within a designated geographic location.